Dietary zinc protects against Streptococcus pneumoniae infection
Researchers have uncovered a crucial link between dietary zinc intake and protection against Streptococcus pneumoniae, the primary bacterial cause of pneumonia.
Breastfeeding mums’ milk can transfer life-long protection against infection to their babies
Mothers’ breast milk can provide protection against infection that lasts for life, finds new research in mice by an international team of scientists including experts at the University of Birmingham.
New single vaccination approach to killer diseases
Scientists from the University of Adelaide’s Research Centre for Infectious Diseases have developed a single vaccination approach to simultaneously combat influenza and pneumococcal infections, the world’s most deadly respiratory diseases.
Anti-vaccination activists using new scientific breakthroughs on beneficial microbes to fight their cause
Anti-vaccination activists are capitalising on radical new scientific insights into the beneficial effects of microbes in the human body, according to new research from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Better Assessing Bacterial Sensitivity to Antibiotics Could Change How Drugs Are Prescribed
A newly designed microchip can identify the optimal medication and dosage for effective treatment.
HPV infection may be behind rise in vocal-cord cancers among young nonsmokers
A remarkable recent increase in the diagnosis of vocal-cord cancer in young adults appears to be the result of infection with strains of human papilloma virus (HPV) that also cause cervical cancer and other malignancies. Investigators from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) describe finding HPV infection…
Newborns Face Risks When Born to Women with the Flu
Pregnant women with influenza are more likely to experience complications, but how this affects infants is unclear. A new Birth Defects Research study uncovers the potential risks to infants.
Probiotic No Better Than Placebo for Acute Gastroenteritis in Children
While probiotics are often used to treat acute gastroenteritis in children, the latest evidence shows no significant differences in outcomes, compared to a placebo. These results come from the large, double-blind, randomized controlled trial conducted at 10 geographically diverse U.S. pediatric emergency departments. Findings were…
Hospital privacy curtains may harbor dangerous germs
Without timely intervention, privacy curtains in hospitals can become breeding grounds for resistant bacteria, posing a threat to patient safety, according to new research published in the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC), the journal of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology…
Jet-air dryers should not be used in hospital toilets
Jet-air hand dryers in hospital toilets spread more germs than disposable paper towels and should not be used, say researchers.